Get the latest coronavirus info via WhatsApp

The Government has launched a new WhatsApp service so people can get the latest reliable information on the coronavirus directly to their mobile phones.

If you would like to receive this, this is what you have to do: 

📱 Add GOV.UK's number to your contacts: 07860 064422

👋 Send "Hello" as a message to the number on WhatsApp

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

Prof Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: "This service will help us ensure the public has a trusted source for the right information about coronavirus, updated with the latest public health guidance and providing assurance that they are not misled by any of the false information circulating."

Matt Idema, Chief Operating Officer at WhatsApp, said: "At difficult times like these, people are using WhatsApp more than ever to connect with and support their friends, family and communities. We are pleased to be able to provide the UK Government with the communications tools to help them answer the public’s questions about the virus with reliable, timely health advice, in order to keep people safe."

Keep up to date with all the latest local and national developments here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/daily-coronavirus-updates/.

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